This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.


About the Book.

This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.

My Review.

I have read a few books that are categorised as YA this year. This novel about teenagers is one that is more geared towards adult fiction than the rest.
There has been a shooting at a high school, both teachers and students have been held hostage at gunpoint in the assembly hall. Four different students are describing the events as they happen. Two of them are inside and two of them outside, all of them have a connection to the killer and they reveal how as the story unfolds.
All four accounts are frightening, but for me the most chilling accounts were told from the two who were outside and trying to get help without putting more people in danger. Some scenes were upsetting to read, especially the ones concerning the boy with the gun. I would have liked to read what he was thinking and the thoughts of the police sent to the scene, but it stays with the four students. I found it quite convincing and realistic but it was disturbing book. I was relieved that it wasn’t a long novel.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy via Netgalley.